Dean looks back on the season so far

Dean Elgar brought the curtain down on his initial stint at Somerset this season with 91 off 63 balls in the Royal London One-Day Cup quarter-final against Nottinghamshire Outlaws.

Although this contribution was not enough to see Somerset through to the semi-final at Essex, his performances have been one of the shining lights for the Club this season scoring over 1000 runs in all formats.

The 30 year old tops the Somerset Specsavers County Championship averages with 517 runs at 47.00.

In the Royal London One-Day Cup, Elgar’s form has been simply phenominal having scored a century and hit over 50 in his five other innings.  He has scored 519 runs in the competition at an average of 103.80.

Now Dean is heading off to join the South African tour party to play in the Test series against England but he will return in the middle of August for a month.

Reflecting on his time so far Dean said: “For me personally it’s been quite good, although I would have liked to have achieved more from a results point of view for Somerset. However, we have ourselves to blame because we have been a little bit inconsistent throughout, especially in the Championship format. We’ve struggled to find our feet and haven’t developed a style of play yet. This is something that will develop over time and we should be able to get something sorted for the second part of the four-day competition.

“It’s been quite a good road for me so far this season and I’ve loved it. I hope that this will be good preparation for the Test series coming up and I’m feeling hungry for it. I’m really looking forward to it and a series against England will be awesome. My four day cricket is in a good place at the moment, although there are still a few things I need to work a little bit harder on, but I am enjoying it at the moment.”

Regarding his personal success in the domestic 50-over competition he said: “I’ve always enjoyed my one-day cricket and I’ve always seen myself as a player who can adapt to the various formats, so I’ve enjoyed myself. It also helps when you play in a team that is in a good position and it keeps you even more motivated to do well. Coming here as an overseas player there is an expectation on your head which is a great pressure but something I really have enjoyed.”

Reflecting on Tuesday’s match Dean said: “The game against Notts was a crazy game. One of the craziest I have ever been a part of. It was a massive team effort because the bigger picture is not what the individuals do but what they do for the team and obviously nearly chasing down 430 needed a team effort. It was just another crazy day of cricket here in Taunton and a lot of credit has to go to the groundstaff for preparing a good wicket.”

Dean added: “There’s a great environment here at Somerset. The setup is top class with what Matt Maynard and his team are doing so it’s been a great homecoming for me and the last few months have been awesome.”

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